Bee, wasp or hornet stings: what really helps and useful tricks to avoid them

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Bees, wasps and hornets, in the summer we can find ourselves struggling with their stings, which we can treat with natural remedies

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Bees, wasps and hornets are part of the hymenoptera, order of insects which actually includes many others. Especially in summer we can find ourselves struggling with their bites which, in some cases, trigger real allergic reactions. We can treat bites with natural remedies but above all we try to avoid them!





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Insect bites, when to be alarmed

Generally when stung by bees, wasps or hornets the affected area becomes red, swollen, sore or itchy in a space of about 2-3 centimeters. This is completely normal and only when it exceeds 10 cm is a mild allergic reaction present but there is still no need to worry.

Instead, we must go to the emergency room immediately or call 118 if the following symptoms appear (usually about 30 minutes after the sting):

  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting
  • skin rash
  • widespread itching
  • feeling lightheaded
  • loss of consciousness

In severe cases, therefore, a trivial sting can generate a real one anaphylactic shock.

Insect bites, what to do and natural remedies

In case of insect bites it is necessary first check that the stinger has not remained inserted into the skin. If present, remove it gently, using a sterilized needle or tweezers. This prevents the poison from continuing to spread, making the affected area more swollen and red.

In case of stings of bees, wasps and hornets you can then experience the following natural remedies to relieve discomfort:

  • baking soda batter
  • ice
  • vinegar
  • lemon
  • onion
  • garlic
  • basil
  • potatoes
  • aloe
  • melissa
  • calendula cream

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  • Hymenoptera allergies: what to do in case of stings from bees, wasps and hornets
  • Wasp stings: 10 natural remedies
  • Insect bites: how to recognize the 10 most common
  • Summer allergies: what to do with insect bites, jellyfish and reactions to cosmetics

How to avoid insect bites

We can also try to avoid insect bites by implementing simple precautions:



  • Dress in light colors
  • Avoid putting perfumes
  • Do not walk barefoot on the grass
  • Traveling with the windows closed in the car
  • Cover up well on your moped
  • Do not make sudden movements near the insects
  • Close household waste well
  • Don't leave foods uncovered when eating out

Even if these insects can annoy us as we fear their bites, let's remember that they are very precious for the ecosystem (especially bees), so let's just stay away from them but let's not harm them in any way.

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